The fifth game on Saturday for AFL Round 17 is between Sydney Swans and Carlton Blues. The opening bounce is set to commence at 7:40 PM with the game to be played at SCG. The favourite for the match is home team Sydney Swans. View our preview and teams for the game between Sydney Swans and Carlton Blues.
Round: Round 17 , July 12, 2014, 7:40 PM
Weather: 17° Partly cloudy.
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The Swans play the Blues on Saturday, 7.40PM at the SCG. The Swans have been rollicking in recent weeks and are now within reach of a record that has stood for almost 80 years. Currently on an 11-game winning streak, one more victory will equal the club record set three times in 1918, 1933-34, and 1935. Carlton probably don’t have what it takes to put an end to such an important historical triumph, even if they did manage to come out of a five-game losing streak against St Kilda on Sunday. On top of the ladder for the first time this season, the Swans should stay there and may even break away further.
LAST FIVE TIMES
1SF, 2013, Sydney Swans 13.8 (86) d Carlton 8.14 (62) at ANZ Stadium
R14, 2013, Sydney Swans 8.17 (65) d Carlton 5.13 (43) at SCG
R19, 2012, Sydney Swans 14.9 (93) d Carlton 10.11 (71) at Etihad Stadium
R13, 2011, Carlton 15.10 (100) d Sydney Swans 10.6 (66) at Etihad Stadium
R6, 2011, Carlton 12.15 (87) d Sydney Swans 10.11 (71) at SCG
THE SIX POINTS
1. The Swans have a commanding record over Carlton, winning 17 of their past 20 matches against the Blues, dating back to 2001.
2. Despite the Swans’ recent dominance, the overall record still heavily favours the Blues 127-87, with six draws.
3. One more victory will be the Swans’ 12th in a row, equalling a club record set three times, most recently in 1935. In their 11 wins, they are averaging exactly 100 points and holding the opposition to 61.
4. Carlton is the AFL’s lowest handballing team, averaging 140.4 per game. The Swans are third with 171.
5. The Swans boast two of the competition’s strongest ball winners. Nick Malceski is ranked 1st for total kicks (263), while Josh Kennedy is second to Gary Ablett in total disposals (443).
6. Quiet against Collingwood, Blues skipper Marc Murphy was back to his best against St Kilda. His 27 touches at almost 93 per cent efficiency lifted him 10 places in the Official AFL Player Ratings to No.28.
B Dane Rampe, Ted Richards, Nick Smith
HB Jeremy Laidler, Heath Grundy, Jarrad McVeigh
C Nick Malceski, Josh Kennedy, Harry Cunningham
HF Luke Parker, Sam Reid, Lewis Jetta
F Adam Goodes, Lance Franklin, Ben McGlynn
FOLL Mike Pyke, Kieren Jack, Craig Bird
I/C Brandon Jack, Jake Lloyd, Gary Rohan, Dean Towers
EMG Tom Derickx, George Hewett, Tim Membrey
IN Dean Towers
OUT Zak Jones (Achilles)
B Simon White, Michael Jamison, Sam Rowe
HB Andrejs Everitt, Andrew Walker, Kade Simpson
C Tom Bell, Chris Judd, Chris Yarran
HF Bryce Gibbs, Levi Casboult, Blaine Johnson
F Brock McLean, Lachie Henderson, Dale Thomas
FOLL Robert Warnock, Ed Curnow, Marc Murphy
I/C Sam Docherty, David Ellard, Zach Tuohy, Nick Graham
EMG Dennis Armfield, Jeff Garlett, Matthew Watson
IN David Ellard, Nick Graham
OUT Andrew Carrazzo (Quad), Troy Menzel (Shoulder)